Definition: Norm

From New World Encyclopedia

Etymology 1

From French norme, from Old French, from Latin norma (a carpenter's square, a rule, a pattern, a precept).


norm (plural norms)

  1. That which is normal or typical.
    Unemployment is the norm in this part of the country.
  2. A rule that is imposed by regulations and/or socially enforced by members of a community.
    Not dressing like a supervillain at a corporate meeting is just one of those societal norms.
  3. (philosophy, computer science) A sentence with non-descriptive meaning, such as a command, permission or prohibition.
  4. (mathematics) A function that maps vectors to non-negative scalars.
  5. (chess) A high level of performance in a chess tournament, several of which are required for a player to receive a title.

Derived terms

  • 1-norm
  • 2-norm
  • absolute norm
  • adnorm
  • age norm
  • basic norm
  • complex norm
  • cross norm
  • dual norm
  • ethical norm
  • Euclidean norm
  • exonorm
  • extended norm
  • field norm
  • flat norm
  • grandmaster norm
  • graph norm
  • ideological norm
  • induced norm
  • infinity-norm
  • mass norm
  • matrix norm
  • maximum norm
  • moral norm
  • natural norm
  • normed
  • norm function
  • normic form
  • normless
  • normlessness
  • polynomial norm
  • pseudonorm
  • quaternion norm
  • reduced norm
  • regular norm
  • relative norm
  • seminorm
  • sexual norm
  • social norm
  • spectral norm
  • statistical norm
  • subordinate norm
  • trace norm
  • uniform norm
  • vector norm

Related terms

  • abnormity
  • normal
  • normatic
  • normative

Etymology 2

Back-formation from normed.


norm (third-person singular simple present norms, present participle norming, simple past and past participle normed)

  1. (mathematical analysis) To endow (a vector space, etc.) with a norm.

Derived terms

  • norming


New World Encyclopedia writers and editors copied and adjusted this Wiktionary entry in accordance with NWE standards. This article abides by terms of the Creative Commons CC-by-sa 3.0 License (CC-by-sa), which may be used and disseminated with proper attribution. Credit for this article is due to both New World Encyclopedia contributors and the selfless volunteer contributors of the Wikimedia Foundation. To cite this article click here for a list acceptable citing formats.The history of earlier contributions at Wiktionary is accessible to researchers here: